SHENZHEN, CHINA - MARCH 28, 2016: Dapeng Fortress on March 28, 2016 in Shenzhen, China. Dapeng Fortress is a historic landmark walled village in Guangdong..; Shutterstock ID 544612273; Your name (First / Last): Megan Eaves; GL account no.: 65050; Netsuite department name: Online Editorial; Full Product or Project name including edition: Destination image - North Asia

Shutterstock / mary416

Dapeng Fortress


This Ming dynasty walled town was erected 600 years ago to shore up the coastline against marauding Japanese pirates, and later became embroiled in the Opium Wars with the British in the 19th century. Old houses in narrow alleyways (some operating as restaurants and shops), fortress gates, temples, wells and other relics are the main attractions, many spruced up for visitors.

It's a bit of a mission to get here by public transport. From Futian bus station, take bus E26 to Dapeng bus station (60km, ¥10). Change to local bus B753 for the final 4km to the fortress (or take a taxi). The total journey time is around 2½ to three hours from Shenzhen. A taxi (one hour) should cost about ¥400 to ¥500 for the round trip (negotiated in advance).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Shenzhen attractions

1. OCT East

13.9 MILES

Some 20km east of downtown Shenzhen is OCT East, a theme-park-meets-resort set in attractive mountainous surrounds. Think Universal Studios plus Chinese…

2. Lai Chi Wo

16.57 MILES

Part of Hong Kong Global Geopark, 400-year-old Lai Chi Wo is Hong Kong's best-preserved Hakka walled village and has an intact woodland. With 200 houses,…

3. High Island Reservoir East Dam

18.23 MILES

Handsome architecture, the South China Sea, and 140-million-year-old volcanic rocks make this one of Hong Kong's most breathtaking places. High Island…

4. Hong Kong Global Geopark

18.34 MILES

Part of the Unesco Geopark network, this spectacular geopark consists of two regions of formations: volcanic rock from 140 million years ago that often…

5. Sheung Yiu Folk Museum

18.65 MILES

The museum is part of a restored Hakka village typical of those found here in the 19th century. The village was founded about 150 years ago by the Wong…

6. Astropark

18.77 MILES

Belonging to the Space Museum, this small park with stargazing facilities (telescopes, star trackers, benches) is located within Chong Hing Water Sports…

7. Yim Tin Tsai Island

19.85 MILES

The charming 0.24 sq km 'Catholic' island of Yim Tin Tsai (literally, 'Little Salt Field') is named for the island's salt-panning history. Having laid…

8. Kang Yung Study Hall

20.68 MILES

This graceful study hall in the Hakka village of Sheung Wo Hang (上禾坑村) was a private school in the 18th century and once had students from as far away as…